Week Round-Up 29/08

It’s been a very busy week for Sportinguistas. There was the Champions League draw, a new signing, Sporting B won and the international call ups. Here’s a round up of the week…

First there were Paulo Bento’s Portugal call-ups. Rui Patrício, Adrien Silva, William Carvalho and Nani all made it into the squad. Cédric Soares presumably missing out through injury. Portugal will be hosting Albania in a European qualifying game.

Rui Jorge’s U21 side named 5 Sporting players for their games against Norway and Azerbaijan. Paulo Oliveira, Ricardo Esgaio, João Mário, Iuri Medeiros and Carlos Mané all feature.

Elsewhere Simeon Slavchev has been called up to Bulgaria, André Carrillo to Peru, Junya Tanaka to Japan, Islam Slimani to Algeria, Héldon Ramos to Cape Verde, Ramy Rabia and Shikabala to Egypt, and Ryan Gauld has been called up to Scotland U21s.

Following up on Cédric Soares, A Bola reports that Sporting expect him to return in time to face Belenenses.

Thursday saw the draw for the Champions League. Sporting’s first participation in the tournament since 2008/2009. Sporting have been drawn along side Chelsea, Schalke 04 and Maribor.

Sporting’s fixtures are as follows:

17th September: vs. Maribor (A)
30th September: vs. Chelsea (H)
21st October: vs. Schalke 04 (A)
5th November: vs. Schale 04 (H)
25th November: vs. Maribor (H)
10th December: vs. Chelsea (A)

The draw also affects Sporting’s U19 side who will face the same teams in their UEFA Youth League draw. Coach José Lima describing it is a “very difficult” group.

Also on Thursday Sporting announced the signing of another forward. 20-year old Frenchman Hadi Sacko has joined from Girondins de Bordeaux after having spent 2014 on loan at Le Havre. The fee for the player is believed to be €1,400,000.

Sacko has signed a 6-year contract with a €60,000,000 release clause.

Elsewhere there was the departure of Hugo Sousa from the B team. The 22-year old defender was released from his contract and has joined Belgian side Waasland-Beveren for 3 years.

Finally, on Tuesday Sporting B moved up to second place in the Segunda Liga with a 3-0 win over Desportivo das Aves. Francisco Barão started with a strong team as Simeon Slavchev, Ramy Rabia and Jonathan Silva all made their B team debuts. Sporting B were also without the suspended Ousmane Dramé leaving the starting line-up with no recognised striker.

It was the Argentine left-back who started the scoring with a beautifully hit strike in the 30th minute leaving Quim with no hope of saving.

Sporting B doubled their league in the 63rd minute when Mica Pinto, playing on the right-side of midfield, pulled the ball back for Ryan Gauld. The Scot’s shot was deflected before going in.

The impressive Ramy Rabia helped with the 3rd goal. His 84th minute shot after a Iuri Medeiros freekick was well saved but the ball bounced to substitute Lewis Enoh to secure the win for Sporting B.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho, Ramy Rabia (YC), Tobias Figueiredo (YC), Jonathan Silva (Scored, 30′); Fabrice Fokobo, Wallyson Mallmann, Simeon Slavchev (Iuri Medeiros, 65′); Ryan Gauld (Scored, 63′); Mica Pinto (YC) (Gelson Martins, 70′), Daniel Podence (Lewis Enoh, 79′, Scored, 84′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Sambinha, João Palhinha, Jorge Santos

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Rui Patrício and William Carvalho Going to the World Cup

Paulo Bento has announced his final 23-man Portugal squad for the World Cup with Rui Patrício and William Carvalho representing Sporting.

João Mário was in the long list for the squad but did not make the cut but William Carvalho after just 2 caps for the national team has proved just how important he is. Rui Patrício of course will be likely to start in goal for Portugal but will face competition from Eduardo and Europe League hero Beto.

Portugal’s first game will come against favourites Germany on the 16th June at the Fonte Nova in Salvador, Bahia.

Sporting Players in Portugal’s 30-Man World Cup Squad

The 30-man preliminary squad for Portugal’s World Cup campaign has been released with some surprises.

Paulo Bento has called up Rui Patrício, William Carvalho and João Mário into the team but hasn’t called up Cédric Soares or Adrien Silva.

Rui Patrício and William Carvalho were certainties but the inclusion of João Mário in the squad is a big surprise although the midfielder, who spent 2014 on loan at Vitória de Setúbal, is unlikely to progress into the final squad.

Elsewhere there are spots for former Sporting youth products Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, João Moutinho, Beto, Ricardo Quaresma, Miguel Veloso, André Almeida and Silvestre Varela, as well as former Sporting players João Pereira and Hélder Postiga.

Sporting Players Representing Portugal

Just three players have been selected to represent the Portugal national side and the Portugal U21 team with Portugal manger Paulo Bento leaving out Rui Patrício.

Only William Carvalho has been selected for the Portugal side. Adrien Silva and André Martins also missing out on a place. Rui Patrício’s absence is a big note but the goalkeeper will still be Portugal’s number 1 but Paulo Bento is giving the likes of Anthony Lopes, Eduardo and Beto a chance.

Only in-form Carlos Mané and Ricardo Esgaio will be representing Sporting in Rui Jorge’s U21 team.

Sporting Players Selected for International Duty

The following Sporting players will be representing their various national sides:

Argentina: Marcos Rojo
England U-21: Eric Dier
Portugal: Rui Patrício, William Carvalho
Portugal U-21: Luís Ribeiro, João Mário, Ricardo Esgaio, Betinho
Portugal U-19: Guilherme Oliveira, Mauro Riquicho, Gelson Martins, João Palhinha, Cristian Ponde

The biggest news there is of course the William Carvalho is called up to Paulo Bento’s national team for the first time. The midfielder had previously been on a provisional list but now has the opportunity to make his full debut for the senior side. Elsewhere Adrien Silva, André Martins and Cédric Soares are overlooked by Bento.

More Sporting Players Representing Portugal

With the international break once again fast approaching it is no surprise to see several Sporting players representing Portugal.

Senior Side: Rui Patrício, André Martins, Cédric Soares
Paul Bento gives Cédric Soares the recognition he deserves for his fantastic improvements this season and, of course, his late winner against Braga wouldn’t have harmed his chances either. Rui Patrício, of course, is in the squad and André Martins regains his place. William Carvalho and Adrien Silva had both been in the preliminary squad but didn’t make it to the final list. William however did make it to the U-21 list.

U-21: Luís Ribeiro, William Carvalho, João Mário, Ricardo Esgaio, Betinho
Betinho has had his injury problems as of late so it is somewhat of a surprise to see him feature before he has even returned to B team action. No surprises in any of the other selections. Rui Jorge’s selection also includes two former Sporting players.

U-19: Guilherme Oliveira, Gelson Martins, Cristian Ponde
Hélio Sousa hasn’t chosen many Sporting players which is rather surprising considering the immense quality he did have to chose from.

2 Sporting Players in Portugal’s Euro 2012 Squad

Former Sporting manager Paul Bento announced his Portugal squad to go to Euro 2012 next month. In it Bento included two Sporting players (and several ex-Sporting players).

Rui Patrício and João Pereira were selected meaning the likes of Daniel Carriço, André Martins and André Santos all miss out.

Elsewhere, Stijn Schaars features in Bert van Marwijk’s preliminary list of 36 players and Marat Izmailov made Russia coach Dick Advocaat’s preliminary list of 26. Izmailov has not featured in a major international tournament for his country since Euro 2004.

Sporting Players Called for International Duty

A whole host of Sporting players have been called up for international duty by their respective clubs.

The international week will take place this week until Sporting return to action in the Taça de Portugal to take on Famalicão on the 15th October.

Below is the full list of Sporting players who will be on international duty this week;

Argentina: Emiliano Insúa and Fabián Rinaudo
Brazil: Elias
Bulgaria: Valeri Bojinov
Chile: Matías Fernández
Netherlands: Stijn Schaars
Peru: Alberto Rodríguez
Portugal: Rui Patrício and João Pereira
Portugal U21: André Martins, Luís Ribeiro, Cédric Soares, Pedro Mendes and Wilson Eduardo
USA: Oguchi Onyewu

Sporting Players Called for the Selecção

The FPF awkwardly decided to announce former Sporting man Paulo Bento’s upcoming Portugal squad for the Euro 2012 qualifying game against Cyprus at the same time as the Europa League draw. Here’s the full list, with Sporting players in bold:

Goalkeepers: Eduardo, Quim, Rui Patrício

Defenders: Bruno Alves, Fábio Coentrão, Rolando, João Pereira, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Sílvio, Eliseu

Midfielders: André Santos, João Moutinho, Raul Meireles, Rúben Micael, Miguel Veloso, Paulo Machado

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Danny, Hélder Postiga, Hugo Almeida, Nani, Silvestre Varela

Rui Jorge, former team mate of Bento at Sporting, also announced his U21 squad for their games against Moldova and France. Included in that squad is Cédric Soares (currently out on loan at Académica), Diogo Rosado (on loan at Feirense), Wilson Eduardo (on loan at Olhanense), Pedro Mendes (currently on loan at Real Madrid Castilla, although likely to stay) and André Martins.

Sporting Players Called Up for the Selecção

Portugal’s squad for the upcoming UEFA European Championship Qualifying match against table topping Norway on the 4th June has been announced, and there are some notable Sporting inclusions:

Eduardo, Ventura, Rui Patrício, Bruno Alves, Coentrão, João Pereira, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Rolando, Sílvio, Duda, André Santos, Carlos Martins, Moutinho, Paulo Machado, Raul Meireles, Ruben Micael, Ronaldo, Danny, Hélder Postiga, Hugo Almeida, Nani, Varela.

Despite being in red hot form for Corinthians, Liédson has been surprisingly snubbed again by his former manager and team-mate, Paulo Bento.